The senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, Greg Laurie, said he tested positive for COVID-19.
CBN News reported that Laurie had symptoms like loss of taste, fatigue, aches and a fever.
“Then I found out the news that I didn’t want to find out that I have the coronavirus,” said Laurie, who is in self-quarantine.
In a video sent to CBN News on Monday, he added if President Donald Trump can get the virus, anybody can get it. Trump and the First Lady tested positive for the virus on Thursday and the president was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland over the weekend. Trump is expected to return to the White House on Monday, according to published reports. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said early on Monday that she tested positive after being negative.
“But with God’s help and your prayers, I expect to get through this. I just wish that at a time like this we could not politicize this and show compassion to people that are struggling with this. It’s real,” said Laurie. “It really is a pandemic that’s swept our nation and even the world.”
He reminded Christians that God’s in control of our lives.
“And I don’t know why He allowed me to get it, but I got it. So He’ll get me through it. He’s always been faithful to me in the past. But ultimately, I know my time is in His hands. When that moment comes for me to leave this world, I’ll leave. And I won’t leave a moment before it, and I won’t leave a moment after.”
Laurie was at the Prayer March 2020 organized by the Rev. Franklin Graham on Sept. 26. Vice President Mike Pence and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee were in attendance. Laurie also attended President Trump’s announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee at the Rose Garden on the same day.
Over one million people have perished from coronavirus worldwide and 213,056 died in the US as of Oct. 5, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
-Corine G. Santillo